February / March #68 : RetroPoz - by Mark Senak

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A Daily Affirmation

Feed Your Head

TO: President George Bush

Puppet Masters

License to ddI

Longtime Companions: Tips For Two

You Sexy Thing

Indiana Jonesing

The Hanging CHAT

A Play In the Life

You Schmooze, You Lose

I Want My HIV

Speak Out

Once and Again


Redemption Song

Art from the Heart

S.O.S: Mouth Off

Zen at Work



Suck It Up

Comfort Zone

His M.O. is Her N-0

Sean's Trough Luck

Soul Survivors

Dyke Strike

A Rage to Age

Blood Brothers


02.16.90 Radiant Baby


Total Discord

Choosing Our Religion

Dogma & Devotion

The Brain Drain

Liver Lovers

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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February / March 2001


by Mark Senak

Conventional AIDS wisdom was fuzzy (but not warm) in 1987. If you didn't feel well, if you had swollen glands, you had AIDS-Related Complex, or ARC. If you had a KS lesion or pneumonia, you had AIDS. Months later you were dead. I desperately made AL-721, one of many home "remedies," in my kitchen. Every medical utterance fanned embers of hope. But each time I looked at my lover, Joe, hope was harder to hold onto. Then in March of that year something real -- not rumor -- appeared out of medical science and was approved by the FDA: AZT. But it was hard to get, and there was a wait. The drug's cost of $10,000 a year was unprecedented. We waited and waited for a call from the doctor's office, and when the call finally came, we brought it home. Joe peeled off the label and found someone else's name underneath. We must have gotten his prescription -- he died before he got his meds. Joe swallowed his first dose. But it was too little, too late: Joe died a few months later. For me, it felt like the promise of medical science died, too.

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